There are few meals more perfectly portable than the sandwich. That’s why it’s a lunchtime favorite for people of all ages! There’s a sandwich out there for every taste and preference, and anyone is capable of making one. Since spring is in the air and picnicking may soon be actual possibility, I thought that today we would celebrate the sandwich by learning some smart sandwich hacks together! :-)
These tips will help you take your own sandwich game to the next level. Whether you want to know the best way to pack a sandwich for lunch, or how to assemble a sandwich with real structural integrity, you’ll find the answer in today’s post! So go forth and enjoy, and be sure to contribute your own smart sandwich hacks in a comment at the bottom of this post!
11 Smart Sandwich Hacks That Everyone Should Know
1. Cut Sandwiches Diagonally
Apparently, cutting your sandwich diagonally isn’t just pleasing to eye, it also serves an important purpose! A diagonal section of sandwich is easier to eat than a sandwich cut down the middle. (And the easier it is to eat, the less likely you are to make a mess too.)
2. Use A Serrated Knife
If you’re sick of squashing your sandwiches while cutting them, it’s time to switch to a serrated knife! Serrated knives “saw” through bread instead of trying to cut or chop through it, which is much less likely to result in squashing or flattening.
3. Swap Mayo For Avocado
Try swapping out the homemade mayo in your favorite sandwiches and using avocado instead. You get the same creamy effect with the delicious flavor of avocado. Not only is it a healthy swap, but it’s a good way to bring some variety to your sandwich experience!
4. Sturdy Assembly
To prevent your sandwich from falling apart, layer the heaviest ingredients first. Start with meat and cheese, then add medium-weight ingredients like tomato or avocado, and finish off with lettuce and other light toppings. Now that’s a sandwich with some structural integrity!
5. Wrap It Right
Curious about the best way to pack a sandwich for lunch or a picnic? Start by wrapping it in a layer of parchment paper, a breathable wrap that helps prevent sogginess. Then place the wrapped sandwich in a sturdy food container to keep it from getting squashed!
6. Better PB&Js
When you’re making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (especially one that’s going to be eaten a few hours later), spread peanut butter on both pieces of bread. This helps “seal in” the jelly and prevents it from bleeding through the bread.
7. Tip For Tomatoes
Tomato slices can add delicious flavor to any sandwich, but they are also a leading cause of sandwich sogginess. To protect against sogginess, place your tomato slices on a paper towel before putting them on your sandwich. The paper towel will absorb some of the excess moisture, and it it’s a great opportunity to season those tomato slices too!
8. Think Outside The Bread
Sick of the same old sandwich? Switch up your bread! Instead of bread, try pita pockets, bagels, English muffins, or even frozen waffles! There are no rules to sandwich-making, only barriers waiting to be broken.
9. Maximize Bread Coverage
Square bread + round meat slices = sad, naked sandwich corners. To maximize your bread coverage, fold the meat slices into quarters and place them in each corner of the bread. You and your sandwich will be much happier for it!
10. Sandwich Meal Prep
Sandwiches aren’t something that people normally think about prepping ahead of time, mainly due to the issue of sogginess. But if you remove the bread from the equation, you can “meal prep” your sandwiches for the entire week in one go!
To make sandwiches ahead of time, just assemble the interior of the sandwich by layering your condiments in between slices of meat and cheese. Put each sandwich interior into a ziplock bag and store them in the fridge or freezer. Then when you need a sandwich in a hurry, just grab one of those bags and a couple of pieces of bread, and you’re good to go for lunch!
11. Tip For Toasting
Here’s a tip that will produce deliciously toasted sandwich bread that won’t tear up the inside of your mouth. Put both slices of bread into the same toaster slot. The outsides will get toasted while the insides stay soft and mouth-friendly.
What’s your best tip for making, packing, serving, or eating sandwiches?